Happy Birthday, Panel Patter!

It's so hard to believe, but Panel Patter is 2 years old today!

Though I've been writing reviews since 2006, I didn't get serious about it until I started this blog (and later, its less-used companion blog, The Book Stew), where I'd have more control over the look and feel of the reviews, as well as a place that was devoted solely to writing the reviews themselves.

It's been a wonderful experience overall, and I've met so many wonderful people since I started life here as a serious reviewer, both other reviewers, some publishing folks, and even a few creators who've said kind things about my reviews.

I don't do this to get free books. If someone thinks enough of what I do to give me their work to review, I'm happy to take it. But that's not--and should never be--the reason to have a review blog. I do this because I like talking about comics of all kinds, from the cape comics I still read here and there to manga/manhwa, to independent publishings to mini comics and zines. All have their own unique appeal to me, and though I could probably find a better niche in the blogging world by specializing, I like being free to talk about whatever comics strike my fancy.

Two years ago, I started by posting about Eric Powell's great series, The Goon. I'm almost afraid to look at that review, because of how much my writing style has changed. I've read and reviewed hundreds of comics since then, most of them good and a few of them bad. I've tried to talk about most of them here, and I hope what I've said has helped you when you want new material to read.

It's been a great past few years. I can't wait to see what the next year brings, as my reading taste continues to adjust and change. Why don't you come along for the ride and join me?